Ticket system needs reforming
With another year of football ticket distribution having passed, it has become very clear that the students are dissatisfied. The current system is not practical. The problems with ticket distribution and seating assignment procedures go hand in hand. One cannot be fixed without fixing the other.
Long lines and confusing distribution systems frustrate students. Kickoff events planned by Student Activities and Student Government are poorly attended and disliked by many students.
Once students receive their seat assignment, they rarely use that seat. Friendships and acquaintances change throughout a season and under the current seating system, one cannot sit next to a new friend he or she meets in October. Students then develop elaborate pass-back systems to let friends sneak past the ushers and into different seats. The ushers are given the unfortunate duty of enforcing needless rules.
Each student should be issued a ticket book allowing access to the sections of seating designated for his or her class. Upperclassmen would still be assigned better sections and more dedicated fans would be rewarded with better seats within their section for arriving early. The ushers would no longer be required to enforce rules many students detest.
This new ticket system would also eliminate the need for a ticket lottery and the long lines that accompany the limited hours when students can purchase tickets. Students could purchase tickets during the first week at their leisure. The normal box office hours would allow plenty of time for students to purchase tickets.
This procedure would eliminate headaches for everyone involved in the current system.
All Viewpoint Stories for Friday, August 25, 2000